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it does seem logical to ignore or deny the role it played in u.s. counter-terrorism and practice. she said as for what i personally believe i think osama bin laden was found due to ingenious detective work. torture was employed in the early years of the hunt. that doesn't mean it was the key to finding bin laden. it was a part of the story we couldn't ignore. >> again. but she -- but by twisting it enough to say that torture led to -- in any way to bin laden either again either we need to know if that's true or we need to know that -- or she's just trying to cover her ass. she has another reason for covering her ass and that is -- i do think there's something a little bit outrageous about there being a congressional investigation or at least an investigation, what information she was given and how does that square with what the congress was told. i mean, you know, if you're going to do that, you may as well go to argo and say i don't think the iranians were rushing down the runway after the plane at the end as they show in the movie. you know. that's not part of the story either. so she's
hearing was it as informative as the one following the nine u.s. embassies consulate attacks hash tag never mind. there's just no context. nine u.s. embassies in consulate attacked during bush. if you want to go back further into context in an 18-month period when reagan was president, three separate u.s. embassies or barracks were attacked in beirut. over 300 americans were killed. not just the marines but others. >> stephanie: right. >> 18 months. after the third one reagan campaigned in iowa the next day. reporters asked him did you think about not campaigning today. he said no. we need to campaign today. so you know, the double standard throughout history is so glaring and there were no hearings, of course, during the bush years when embassies and consulates were attacked. >> most upset about benghazi are the people who voted for -- for embassy security. >> and -- the republican party -- everyone forgets about this now. that try to block the 9-11 commission investigation. dick cheney was on the phone with daschle, with democrats saying this investigation is not going to happen. >>
with tony blair that basically they were saying the u.s. has already decided to invade and you know, the u.s. is just going to be interested in justifying a war rather than preventing it. as you said, how does the american press respond? it yawned. >> five weeks. virtually no mention. that was leaked in may of 2005. it was a very big deal. as you said, it was memos from august, before the war. and blair is meeting with his top advisers in d.c. they said by the way we're going to war. everything you're hearing is a snow job. they're fixing the intelligence around this invasion. so this was like the holy grail. it is like what everyone had assumed and for five weeks the american press did nothing. and you know, i was in islam at the time. i remember reporting that. i got comments from a. p. and "usa today." they admitted we totally blew it. we should have done it. but that was the mindset. you were not supposed to push back. you were not supposed to uncover this gigantic lie at the center of the iraq war. >> stephanie: think how many people would be alive if the press had done their job. that
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